Nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains, Clay County experiences four distinct and beautiful seasons that provide breathtaking views from stunning 5,000 foot mountain peaks and peaceful 1,500 foot valleys. Lake Chatuge and other nearby picturesque locales provide the perfect backdrop for exciting activities of all kinds. Plus, Clay County is ideally located within two hours from Asheville, North Carolina; Greenville, South Carolina; Atlanta, Georgia and Chattanooga and Knoxville, Tennessee.
The Old Jail was built in 1912 and was used right up to 1972. The Museum displays items pertinent to the history of the area through changing exhibits. Visitors will enjoy the many pictures of life as it was in the old days. The museum is dedicated to the memory of Dr. John Killian, a beloved turn of the century doctor in Clay County. The Museum houses a replica of his office and many of his medical implements. The Old Jail is open Tuesday-Saturday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. from Memorial Day until Labor Day, 21 Davis Loop, Hayesville, NC 28904, 1 block from the square.
Outside is the Cherokee Homestead Exhibit which officially opened in 2010 and includes a Cherokee summer house, winter house and corn crib designed to conform to the historical record regarding late 16th century to 18th century Cherokee structures. It also displays art representing elements of Cherokee heritage and culture, including clan masks, murals and quotes in the Cherokee language. Live demonstrations take place for special occasions but self-guided walking tours of the Homestead offer travelers inspiration to study and see more regional Cherokee heritage. Cherokee Homestead is open all year.
Campgrounds and Cottages within 50 miles.
Murphy / Peace Valley KOA